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Rooibos tea is a natural tea full of health benefits. It's caffeine free, so those who are sensitive to caffeine can drink it without worry. Rooibos is a very versatile tea and can be drunk hot or cold, with or without sugar and milk. Studies on rooibos tea have shown that it compares to green tea in terms of health benefits.
Free radicals produced by normal cell function are the main cause of ageing. These poisonous substances fight healthy cells and over time cause our immune system to break down. This speeds up the ageing process. Rooibos tea has been found to contain an antioxidant that fights off these free radicals. This cuts down on the damage caused by these compounds and helps fight against premature ageing.
Rooibos tea is known to help soothe stomach problems. It relieves heartburn, constipation, stomach ulcers and nausea. It has also been used to help calm colic and stomach problems in babies. Since rooibos tea is natural, it is safe to mix with baby formula.
Do you have skin problems? Rooibos tea can help with this, too. It contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc. Both of these are known to help soothe skin. Rooibos tea provides comfort to those with eczema, acne, sunburns and even diaper rash when applied to affected areas.
Rooibos is a very soothing tea and can be used to calm the nervous system due to the magnesium it contains. Those with nervous conditions or mild depression may benefit from rooibos soothing properties. Rooibos has also been found to help with headaches and insomnia. Having a cup of rooibos tea before bed can be very relaxing.
The body loses a lot of needed minerals during exercise. Rooibos contains iron, potassium, manganese, sodium and zinc and is a great way to replenish the body after a hard day of exercise or outside work. Rooibos tea can be used in the same way as Gatorade, as a sports drink.
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